Its sort of felt like Groundhog Day for the past three years, huh?
This year, take a moment to laugh on Groundhog Day 2023 while streaming the classic film of the same name.
The two leading lads — Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck has conflicting opinions on how many more weeks of cold and slush we will have to ensure this year, with Phil predicting six more weeks of winter and our more-local pal Chuck declaring that spring is near.
Regardless, the time to curl up and watch movies is now, while the weather is still chilly and both groundhogs have returned to their own hidey holes. Thankfully, the 1993 film starring Bill Murray is available to stream on a variety of subscription platforms, and here’s where you can watch it.
Where to stream “Groundhog Day”
Head inside, dim the lights to avoid all shadows and press play on the classic film to set the mood for the Feb. 2 holiday.
“Groundhog Day” follows Murray as Phil the weatherman reliving the same day — while reporting in the small Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney — over and over again, much to his dismay until he figures out a way to break the cycle. The hilarious movie also stars Andie MacDowell, Harold Ramis and Chris Elliott.
The 1993 film is available on streaming sites including FuboTV, Amazon Prime, SlingTV and Philo. As of now, the film is not streaming on Netflix or Hulu.
- FuboTV, $75/month with a seven-day free trial
- Amazon Prime, $8.99/month included with AMC + on Amazon, or $3.99 to rent
- SlingTV, $20/month with a three-day free trial
- Philo, $25/month with a seven-day trial
While watching the film, keep an eye out for things you may have missed, no matter how many times you’ve watched the movie.
So, what is Groundhog Day, anyway?
The celebration is a time-honored tradition in the US and Canada and marks the turning point between winter and spring, as dictated by a furry rodent.
Rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch folklore, if the groundhog sees his shadow upon popping out of his den, he will get spooked back down and the winter will continue for six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, the spring will arrive early.
While Phil may be the OG, he’s got competition because Chuck has a better track record at accurate predictions, having gotten it right 80% of the time, according to the Staten Island Zoo.
As for this year, we know Phil has already doomed us to more winter weather. Chuck, however, had his own hot take: He predicted an early spring!
Only time will tell if we will have to brave more snow and ice this year or have an early reprieve, so the smartest bet is to stock up on cozy essentials for now. And if Phil and Chuck predict more wintry days to come, consider upgrading those worn-out snowboots, too.